My Point, and I Do Have One...
Y'know, I've got something like eight drafts in the hopper that I will hopefully be able to publish this week. I thought I'd do a bit of an open thread thing here in the meantime, but hang with me for second, for I intend to ramble a bit.
First off, there's a bunch of new blogs in the sidebar. Let me see, here... I joined this one list thing, American Bloggers for Inclusive Debates, which seemed like a good idea at the time. I've had issues with people who are not interested in discussing topics, but rather wanting to exist in an echo chamber, or just insist that I am some kind of jerk because of the way I think, instead of trying to engage me. I'm an open-minded guy, I'm willing to be convinced... I just don't find many people all that convincing. I'm not much of a joiner (ironically) so we'll see how it goes.
Additionally, you'll find the following: JUST CITIZENS, Sajak Says... (Pat Sajak's blog, no kidding!), OPFOR (the natural progression of the [former] Officer's Club), The Conservative Brotherhood, and the Breckner-Posner Blog - a blog by University of Chicago professors this guy and this guy which I find really fascinating.
As many of you know, if you've been here before, the Idiot Box is my nemesis. Mainly because it is a sweet siren of temptation to not do anything productive with my time. So instead of fixing my ceiling fans (I'm lucky to be alive) or my car (it's lucky to still be running), I watch the Today Show or some other mind-numbing garbage.
Now, don't get me wrong, not everything on TV is garbage, but all of it is a complete waste of time. So the shows I more or less have to plan my schedule around are Lost (four new episodes coming up! Awesome!) and Doctor Who. I catch Penn & Teller: Bullshit! when I can, and once in a while sit down and watch Jeopardy! (maybe even Wheel of Fortune, because Pat Sajak is second only to Jack Bauer in terms of conservative TV heroes) with Red. There used to be so much more, but thankfully they became stupid and boring. (Smallville, anyone?)
So, imagine my surprise when my retired mom-in-law says she watches this Deal or No Deal show and Red says, "Let's see if it's any good." I scoffed, of course. We're talking about one of these silly game shows that are the ugly cousins of reality television (and that's saying something), AND it's hosted by Howie Mandel. What, does he put a rubber glove on his head and inflate it with his nose? No, in fact, I was glued to my seat as a double-lung-transplantee picked briefcases with a system consisting of a bag of numbered ping pong balls. She walked away with $124,000, but just getting there was insanely tense. I think I might be hooked on it... at least until I get bored. Since Mom-in-law is staying with us for the next two months, I'll probably be watching it some more, anyhow.
OK, OK, so the other thing I really wanted to talk about is my extreme disappointment with the quality of leadership in our country right now. Now, as an active duty officer of the U.S. Navy, I have to watch my step here. I've expressed my disappointment with various of the Bush Administration's policies before, despite my desire to really want to appreciate everything they've done for us, particularly in terms of the Global War on Terror. I think that on certain things, like illegal immgration, size and scope of the government, Social Security, Medicare, schools, the environment... domestic issues, the Republicans have strayed from the path of reliable conservatism.
I'm experiencing a certain revulsion at my choice to vote for Sen. Mel Martinez also, due to his apparent RINOness. Perhaps you have similar feelings about your duly elected representatives. So I'm curious what you think you're going to do about it. There are two elections coming up in 2006 and 2008. Your first inclination may be that, well, the incumbent Republican is better than having a Democrat in that seat. Or vice versa. But if that incumbent is not representing your beliefs, even though he claims to, what do you do?
Personally, I have to wait and see who runs against Martinez. I have to wait and see who ends up with presidential nominations. I'm hoping that George Allen is nominated by the Republicans, because so far, I like what I see. The opposition seem to already be trying to dig up skeletons in his closet; which is good, because if they fear him, we can control them. For what it's worth, I'm willing to bet his Senate seat is secure for the time being, which will be good as a political lily pad. I hope his constituents don't suffer as a result of his aspirations, as so many Americans seem to when their representatives run for higher office.
So, if you got this far let me what you think you're going to do, because I sure haven't figured it out yet.
EDIT: By the way, you, over there in Arizona! This is why you must vote against the Honorable Senator John S. McCain. (THFT: Atlas Blogged) He is a bloody socialist. Just because these jokers have a certain letter after their name doesn't mean their going to think like you think they will think. Evaluate candidates on his or her merits, not his or her political party.